Indigenous women experience discrimination in a number of different ways and in different places. Laws, policies and state practices discriminate against Indigenous women in ways that undermine their roles, values and aspirations including legislation which gives greater recognition to male property rights; policies which hinder the representation of Indigenous women on government and public bodies; and criminal justice systems which fail to address the violence and abuse that Indigenous women face. This article discusses a number of legal avenues Indigenous women can pursue if they wish to challenge discriminatory laws, policies and practices, including international human rights law, and in particular, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. (Introduction, edited.)
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